$600, 000 Allocated For Immigration Permits Vanishes At KKIA

$600, 000 Allocated For Immigration Permits Vanishes At KKIA

About US$ 600, 000 (K6, 379,590) from various immigration permits at Immigration Department offices at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (KKIA) has disappeared into thin air.

This was brought to our attention when Minister of Home Affairs Davies Mwila toured the Immigration Offices in Lusaka.

According to the officer in charge at Immigration office at KKIA, Pelekelo Lungu, who was briefing Mr. Mwila, an internal audit revealed that the money went missing between March and October 2014.

Mr. Mwila, speaking during the tour, directed immigration officers to promptly bank monies they collect.

“The officer collected money in 2014 but failed to deposit the money in the bank. I have given a directive to the permanent secretary to take disciplinary action against this officer and an effective audit will be thoroughly conducted to find out the misappropriation of the collected revenue,” Mr. Mwila said.

Mr. Mwila said the officer will not only be disciplined, but prosecuted, too, when investigations are concluded.

And the minister directed the Immigration Department to stop the influx of immigrations who are without work permits.

Mr Mwila said it is unacceptable for companies to bring in foreigners with readily available skills such as plumbing or bricklaying.

He also directed Immigration Department director general Moola Milomo to work effectively in ensuring that the department fulfills its mandate.